Warm Weather Grass

The grasses on this page grow most actively during the warmer months and flower in late summer or fall.
Since they go completely dormant in winter, it's a good idea to plant before fall.

All Photos are courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.

ANDROPOGON
(Big Bluestem)

Indian Warrior
Zones 3-9.  This long-lived grass forms a tall, upright clump of green foliage that transitions to red then smoky purple by midsummer.  Bright orange-red pollen.  5-6'


ANDROPOGON

(Big Bluestem)

Blackhawks
Zones 3-9.  Bright green blades and stems quickly turn rich purple and dark reds for a striking blended display.  18-24"-6'


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Autumn Anthem
Feathery, cream plumes form on 5.5" upright clumps.  Narrow white mid-rib.  Zone 5. 


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Autumn Light
3-4'.   Good yellow fall color.  Very hardy and vigorous.  Zones 4-9.  


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Bandwidth
Zones 5-10.  Broad, bright gold bands span rich green blades horizontally.  Full, compact stands.  2-3' 


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Dixieland
4-5' green and white foliage has a compact growth with silky, pink plumes.  Also works well in containers.  Zone 5. 


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Encore
Zones 5-9.   6'.  Perfect in northern climates.  Earlier bloomer with a secondary flush of coppery purple plumes.  Flowers turn to a creamy tan with a tall clump of dark green leaves with a white midrib. 


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Giganteus
Zones 4-9.  Magnificent upright clumps of wide green leaves.  Flower stalks soar to 10'.  Light pink plumes mature to silver.  Won't self sow.  10'. 


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Gracillimus
6-8'.  Slender leaves; graceful arching habit.  The standard against which all others are measured.  Zones 6-9.  


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Huron Sunrise
Profuse, full burgundy plumes sit atop white ribbed green leaves.  5-6'.  Zone 4.  


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Little Zebra
3-4'.  Reliable reddish blooms, especially for the north.  Green leaves have gold bands and form a rounded shape.  


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Malepartus
Zones 5-10.  Extraordinarily large, abundant blooms emerge purplish pink, then mature to silver.  Fall foliage changes through summer from green to bronze.  5-7'.


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Morning Light
4-5'.  Elegant, narrow, fine, silvery green leaves appear to glow when backlit.  Arching clump topped with bronze red plumes. 


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Oktoberfest
Spiky textured foliage grows upright with pinkish copper blooms.  4-6'. 


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Oligostachyus 'Purpurascens
4-5'.  Reddish hue develops through summer; entire plant turns red in fall.  Zones 5-9. 


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Rigeletto
Zones 5-10.  Compact with strong, creamy-white stripes.  Outstanding in pots.  3-5'.


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Strictus Porcupine Grass
4-6'.  Gold bands on green foliage, upright with pinkish copper blooms.  


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Sarabande
5-6'.  Zone 4.  Very narrow foliage gets gold and copper colored seed heads in August.  


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Silberfeder
(Silver Reed Grass)
6-7'.  Zone 4.  Large, feathery seed heads rise high above graceful arching mounds of deep green blades with silver midribs.  One of the most cold hardy of the species. 


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Tiger Tail
Zones 4-9.  Strongly upright yellow banded leaves has a gracefully flowing stand.  5-7'.


MISCANTHUS

(Maiden Grass)

Zebrinus
8'.  Zone 5.  Gold horizontal bars on green leaves have an arching habit and pinkish copper blooms in September.

PANICUM

(Switch Grass)

Cheyenne Sky
Zones 4-9.  This grass is great in containers since it forms a tight, vase-shaped clump of blue-green foliage that turns red in the fall.  Does well in beds as well.  3'.

Web site last updated
April 20, 2018